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January 25, 2011

POYNETTE, Wis. - Wisconsin conservation clubs have until March 5 to apply to participate in a program where clubs help the Department of Natural Resources rear pheasant chicks from the State Game Farm for later release on public and private hunting lands.

The Cooperative Day-old Chick Program has been in place since 1936 to increase opportunities for pheasant hunting across the state. Under the program, cooperating conservation clubs are provided day-old rooster pheasant chicks hatched at the State Game Farm near Poynette. In return, the clubs agree to cover all costs related to rearing, feeding, maintaining and properly caring for the pheasant chicks.

The pheasants are later released near the club on private and state-owned lands that are open to public pheasant hunting. The program includes a "cost-share" option that allows cooperating clubs to keep a high percentage of the pheasants they raise for their own use, while returning a percentage of the birds back to the state.

"This program is an excellent opportunity to provide pheasant hunting opportunities in addition to the department's public hunting ground pheasant stocking program," says Bob Nack, State Game Farm manager. "We really enjoy working with clubs on this."

A list of current cooperating conservation clubs, Future Farmer's of America programs, and application materials to become a cooperating club are available on the State Game Farm page of the DNR website or by calling the State Game Farm office at (608) 635-8120. 2011 Day-Old-Chick program applications should be sent to the local wildlife biologist by March 5, 2011.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Nack, State Game Farm Manager, (608) 635-8120

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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